Eleocharis dulcis (Burm.f.) Hensch.

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Eleocharis dulcis

Lui River
Oct 2010
Photo: M.P.Kennedy

Eleocharis dulcis

Kasanka N.P., L.ake Wasa
Jan 1989
Photo: Mike Bingham

Eleocharis dulcis

Munchiwemba Dambo
Sep 1993
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names: Chinese water chestnut (English: Zambia) Cisoka (Lozi) Jelemani (Nyanja) Kasemembe (Bemba) Masyinge (Bemba) Ndawo (Nyanja)
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Type location:
Notes: Widely cultivated for the edible corms (not recorded in the FZ area)
The rhizomes are eaten by Wattled Cranes and Guineafowl.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Swamps, shallow margins of lakes often in pure stands.
Altitude range: 950 - 2150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics and sub-tropics
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C,S,W
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Content last updated: Friday 16 June 2017

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing Page 66.

Gordon-Gray, K.D. (1995). Cyperaceae in Natal Strelitzia 2 Page 80.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 37 - 39. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 88.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 119.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eleocharis dulcis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111100, retrieved 22 May 2024

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